Motorsports Monday: 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries

Porsche history has always been intrinsically linked with racing since before they were even a company. From Mercedes-Benz to Auto Union and later Cisitalia, Porsche offered world-beating designs prior to establishment of its own independent racing heritage. Since the 1950s, they’ve never looked back, and every successive generation has their own legends that were born. For my father, it was the 908 and 917, while I grew up with the turbocharged whistle of the 956 and 962 dominating race tracks. To capitalize on this nostalgia, coupled with more gentleman drivers heading to the track every weekend than there ever have been, Porsche’s lineup has increasingly focused on track-biased cars. But that hasn’t stopped some from going a few steps further, and Napelton Porsche launched an interesting idea just before the turn of the decade.

Why not create a race series of equal cars, slap historic liveries on them, and hit the track? The Interseries was just that, with door to door action pitting the iconic color combinations of Porsche history at the hands of mere mortals. From the Salzburg 917 that first took Porsche to the Le Mans title to the unmistakable Rothmans colors, each of these cars wore a bit of what made the marque a legend for so many people. Everyone has their favorite design, so this series offered Porschephiles a veritable cornucopia of visual pleasure. Today, one of these cars has come up for sale:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2009 Porsche Cayman S Interseries on eBay

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Motorsports Monday: Mecum Racing Porsches Roundup

As Rob mentioned in his Jade Green Targa piece the other day, we’re entering in quickly to auction season. Mecum, typically the purveyors of more muscle cars than European rides, nonetheless had quite an impressive lineup of signification Porsche race models that cover a few decades and many changes in the company’s history, so I thought it would be pretty neat to take a look at them. It’s very interesting to see over a relatively short period of time the many changes that Porsche’s motorsports programs have gone through.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1977 Porsche 934.5/935 at Mecum Auctions

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Motorsports Monday: 1980 Parnelli/Interscope Porsche Indy Car

Most younger readers won’t immediately think any of the German marques were well established in single seaters prior to recent Mercedes-Benz domination in Formula 1. And to be fair, as individual manufacturers that is nearly the case, although Porsche did develop a pretty impressive single race winner in the flat-8 804 of 1962. And, let’s not forget that it was both Mercedes-Benz and Auto Union that had really spurred the development of modern single-seat racing in the pre-War Silver Arrows. But far more prevalent has been German participation in single-seater construction as engine providers. From Volkswagen’s spec racers right through the mighty screaming Williams BMW V10s, there’s a long and storied history of German power. But oval racing? That’s another story, right? Well, actually the Germans have been there right along, too – with Mercedes-Benz taking part in the inaugural Indy 500 through the mega-dominant Ilmore Penske PC-23. Porsche, too, has been tied with the Indy 500, running turbocharged V8s in March chassis in the late 1980s. But the more interesting story was the car that never ran – the 935-powered Parnelli/Interscope Racing entry from 1980:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1980 Parnelli/Interscope Porsche Indy Car on eBay

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Tuner Tuesday: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster Twin-Turbo

If the insanity of the crazy modified 80s wasn’t enough for you in earlier’s DP 935 Targa, how about a 962-powered 911 Speedster? Sound absolutely bonkers? Yup, it sure is. But in the no holds barred world of the well-heeled, you can create just about anything that you want. Borrowing elements from the 962, 934, 959 and DP935 and adding them to the already quite rare and valuable Speedster, Bruce Canepa created the ultimate enthusiast’s dream of a convertible 911:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1989 Porsche 911 Speedster on Hemmings.com

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Wednesday Wheels: Underwater Basketweaving 101

Okay, okay, you’re right – last week we featured BBS wheels too. But let’s just say I have a thing for BBS wheels and I’m in the driver’s seat on this one, so I get to control the radio, okay? Seriously though, BBS wheels are some of our favorites at GCFSB when they’re specified as either OEM wheels, OEM upgrades or aftermarket options. Today we have a few different options for you and like last week, I tried to get one of each marque. Unlike last week, we’re going to focus on specifically the “basket weave” design that BBS popularized. Let’s start with one of the more under appreciated BBS wheels, the RA found on 1987-1992 Volkswagen Jetta GLis:

Year: 1987-1992
Model: RA 375
Diameter: 15″
Width: 6″
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not included
Price: $1,199 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RA on eBay

For sale

a set of 4 genuine

15 inch/zoll

BBS RA 375 SPORTLINE

CROSS SPOKE

They are OEM from VOLKSWAGEN GERMANY!!!!

6x15H2 ET 35

4×100

The wheels are hard to find in this condition, but don´t forget the rims are used, look the pics.

Shipping to USA $ 395. For shipping to other countries please contact me for the price.

Payment with PAYPAL only.

The refinish on these wheels sure looks great – I actually had a set of RAs that looked just like this, gold with a polished lip. They could be specified from BBS like that in the 1980s; these, however, have been made to look like that from the original all-silver (or super rare Helios Blue) that came on the stock GLis. I think they look great; gold was one of the most popular colors in the 1980s and these would dress up just about any 2002, 320i, E30, A1, A2, A3 or early Audi. The RAs and RMs are notoriously soft, so watch for potholes if you’re running skinny rubber. Have a mid-80s Mercedes or into the “stance” scene? How about the super popular 16×8 Mercedes-Benz spec BBS RSs:

Year: N/A
Model: RS 009
Diameter: 16″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 11
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Hankook Ventus 225-60-16
Price: $1,400 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Mercedes-Benz BBS RS Wheels on eBay

Selling a set of bbs rs 009 for Mercedes Benz, very rare. No curb damage. One barrel has a 1 inch crack that was professionally welded. Tires are about 60% 225 50 16. Rims are 16×8 et11. Will look great on 107 123 126 models. $1400 call or text 973 418 937 nine

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The BBS RS crowd has taken on a life of it’s own, with clean and refinished examples sometimes demanding much more money than the cars they’re put on. I’ve seen ask prices exceed $3,000 for a set of 16″ BBS RSs, but if you look hard you can find pretty clean sets for under $1,000 without tires. This particular set has the benefit of coming with tires, so it’s a bolt on for you Benz folks, and I think they’d look great on a white SEC. Or, you could do what the “stance” crowd does and stick 3″ lips and 175-0-16s on them for that “this car isn’t capable of moving” look. Rather have something a little more modern on your Audi, late VW or Mercedes? How about these factory sport option Audi BBS RCs?:

Year: 2001
Model: BBS RC
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Audi BBS RC Wheels on eBay

Full set of 5 OEM Audi 17″ Forked BBS alloy wheels. These wheels were recently removed from my Audi A6 and are a little dirty. Wheels are in good condition and have some moderate rash. See pictures for overall condition. Wheels include center caps, no center cap for spare wheel.

The BBS RC isn’t most classic basket weave, it’s a neat modern interpretation of the original. This is both a classy and sporty wheel, and one of the lightest 17″ options out of the box if you’re into performance. This set comes with a bonus wheel, but note that it seems to be hard to find these without some curb rash because the spokes are more exposed. The make a nice addition to any B5 or B5.5 Passat, Audi A4 or A6, or some Mercedes-Benz models. Rather have something a little more classically styled? How about some BMW BBS RC “Style 5″s:

Year: 1999-2000
Model: BBS RC “Style 5”
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: ET 20
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,850 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BMW BBS RC Style 5 Wheels on eBay

Complete set of 4 Genuine BMW BBS 17″ Style-5 (2-section Light-Alloy) BMW Wheels In Mint-Condition.

* All 4 wheels were Professionaly done by IMC (The best Wheel shop in Texas, they only work on high-end cars)

* All 4 wheels were in good condition before they were refurbish, No Bent or crack or etc…

* IMC professionaly disassembeled and overhauled each wheel. There are No Curb-Rush or any other imperfections on these wheels.

* All Screws have been sent out to a company that does plating for industrial drilling equipments , The plating cost me almost $400 by itself. I did them in Bright Nickel instead of the cheap Zinc that BBS uses

* Removing of the Center Section with correct tools, and refurbish them with correct BBS Silver finish.

* Mirror Finish polsihed Barrel Lips . Each Barrel took about 8 Hour to be polished

* 4x Original New Center Caps, all caps have good brackets and Prongs intact.

* Brand New Matching BMW BBS Center Caps Removal tool

Style 5 has been discontinue for many years now and no longer can be order through BBS or BMW.

I have used Large Option pictures to demonstrate the quality of these wheels so please take advantage of them.

8JX17 ET:20 Part# 36111093531 Made in Germany

International Buyers can Email with Full Delivery Address for exact postage.

The Style 5s are favorites of the BMW crowd to mount to anything buy the 528i they originally came on. Like the earlier RS, they offer great looks, reasonably light weight and the ability to personalize your car with some color. Many often mislabel these wheels as RSs, but in fact they are RCs though they look nothing like any of the other BBS RC models. Often pricing on non refinished sets is below $1,000, but this set has undergone a serious overhaul. If you’re not into redoing the wheels yourself, this might be a good option, as they’re fairly stock looking in comparison to how some redo them. Have a Porsche and looking for something? Well, it just so happens I found you something special:

Few people will ever get the chance to pick up one of these wheels, or a similar but smaller F1 wheel. If you do, it’s worth a laugh. Magnesium wheels seem to defy physics with their light weight – it just shouldn’t be that big and not weigh anything! If you want to roll with the big boys, this is how to do it. You’re not likely to have a 935, 936, 956 or 962, but if you did, these would be perfect for you. Like all magnesium wheels, you have to be careful refinishing them as they have a tendency to crack if mistreated, so best to have them X-rayed before hitting the track. If you like basket weaves, BBS started it off with just this type of racing wheel.

Year:
Model: BBS Magnesium Centerlock race wheels
Diameter: 17″
Width: A lot front, a lot more rear
Bolt Pattern: 1 x 962
Offset: If you have to ask, this doesn’t apply to you
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $5,049.06 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 962 BBS Centerlock Race Wheels on eBay

Complete set of 4 BBS wheels – 2 front 17″ and 2 rear 17″ wheels for 962.

Which are your favorite, and what would you like to see?

-Carter

Motorsport Monday – Derek Bell Signature Edition Porsche 962 #0

I have to admit, I was a little disappointed last week that more of you weren’t interested in the SRP2 Picchio I wrote up. What a deal that car was as a track weapon! But I get it, not everyone likes an unknown race car. Well then, how about a very well known race car that’s been turned into a road car? If this doesn’t get your interest, you need to talk to your doctor and check your pulse. That’s because today we’re looking at a road legal Porsche 962.

The exploits of the 962 are pretty well known, but to those who don’t, this is one of the most winning endurance prototypes ever developed. Capable of 6 minute Nurburgring times and 250 mph at Le Mans, the 962 was a dream car in the 1980s and remains so today. Getting to see one of these cars in the flesh still gives me goosebumps – it’s as if a Titan has come to Earth to grace you with its presence. Not content with leaving these cars only to race, there were several different road-legal versions produced – Dauer, DP Motorsports and Schuppan all made versions. In the heady supercar times of the late 80s, someone decided to give it another go and slap 5 time Le Mans winner Derek Bell’s name on it. While the production run never came to be, the prototype is available today, ready for you to pop some number plates on it:

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Year: Does it matter?
Model: 962
Engine: 3.6 liter twin turbocharged flat-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: probably not many miles
Price: 324,995 GBP ($503,449.75 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 962 Derek Bell Signature Edition at Malton Specialist Cars Ltd.

Engine Capacity:
3600
Transmission:
5 Speed 962 Manual
Body Style:
Long Tail
BHP:
580

In stock now is this amazing road registered Porsche 962. Built at a cost of around $2 Million USD this astonishingly quick road car is based around an aluminium Fabcar monocoque with integral rollcage believed to have been built for the Dyson Racing IMSA team in the USA who prepared and raced Porsche powered race cars. On top of this chassis is a full carbon fibre long tailed body.

Engine wise the standard 962 2.8 litre unit would be no good for road use so instead the car is fitted with a twin turbo 993 GT2 engine running 580 BHP and giving a colossal 741Nm of torque. When the car weighs just 830kg that equates to around 700 BHP per tonne. To put this figure into perspective the iconic McLaren F1 is 550 BHP/tonne, a Carrera GT is 442, a Pagani Zonda C12S is 437 etc. For long distance endurance the car features a 120 litre fuel tank.

This power would be pointless if the car didn’t handle and stop well enough, to that end the car is fitted with top quality Koni adjustable suspension with hydraulic adjustable ride height (it will go up quite steep drives and speed bumps without issue). Stopping is taken care of by monster 350mm floating Brembo brakes with adjustable bias.

Interior wise the car has two leather bucket seats with Willans harnesses, it features aircon to keep the cockpit cool, parking sensors, an intercom system for driver and passenger comfort and electric mirrors. A removable steering wheel makes entry and egress from the vehicle much easier.

For track use the car features air jacks, a fire extinguisher and towing straps front and rear.

This has to be the ultimate fast road or track car which is as thrilling to drive as it is superb to look at.

The racing legend Derek Bell put his name to the car which was planned to be manufactured in greater numbers, the inside of the door shut bears a copy of his signature and the build number 00.

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The history of most 962s is pretty difficult to follow. Many were raced, crashed, rebuilt, modified, or re-tubbed. On top of that, not all 962s were built by Porsche – Kremer, Fabcar, and Andial among others all built versions of the 962. Fabcar was one of the few that received factory chassis numbers, and this particular example is a Fabcar built tub that was originally intended for Dyson Racing. You may remember me mentioning Fabcar as the firm contracted to build the 944 GTR I wrote up in July. Fitted with a longtail body and a more-reasonable to run on the road GT2 twin turbo motor, this 962 certainly looks the part, though I have to admit it looks a bit naked without all of the normal graphics. Without those graphics one is also reminded how slab-sided these cars were, and just how big that long tail was.

Of course, this car isn’t for everyone. It will be difficult to get it imported and registered in the US. It will be very expensive to run. You’ll need a pit crew to change tires. It has zero ground clearance. But, it does have a parking brake! So, if this is impractical as a road car, why are we writing it up? Well, if you haven’t been following the market (and you would be excused…), getting into a 962 will set you back – a lot. Buy a not particularly sucessful or well maintained 962, and you’ll be out 1 to 1.5 million. Want a winning car? Better have more than 2 million available. So, at $500,000, this car is a bit of a deal! $500,000 is about $100,000 more than some of the best Carrera GTs are fetching these days, but pull up next to one in this and I can guarantee what the crowd will be swooning over. And if you wanted to race it, PCA would recognize this as a legitimate Porsche and I would wager that with some convincing, you could even run it in some historic events, though that would likely require a motor change. Unfortunately for all of us, you’re not likely to ever see this car, and even more unfortunate is that this car will doubtfully ever be run on roads again. But haven’t you always wished you could drive one of those fantastic prototypes from the 1980s down to your local car meet to impress all of your buddies? I sure did, and because of that, I’m thankful that this car exists at all. A man can dream!

-Carter

There are 4 IMSA Porsches for sale on eBay

You’ve seen some of these before, but I thought I’d group them together here. Want to start a new race team? Pick and choose which one of these big time Porsches suit your needs. You can just imagine the sound of the turbos spooling up and picture the flames shooting out the exhaust on these bad boys. All come with race history.

Same owner as the 1981, maybe get a deal if you buy them both. Note the other cars in the background of the photos.

The bargain of the bunch.

4 pictures of each below in the same order as above.

~Evan